FROM TOP: 1. This Buccellati Dahlia Diamond watch ($22,700) is part of the brand’s much loved Anthochron collection, created in the likeness of the actual flower. This watch is crafted in 18k gold and set with 180 diamonds weighing 1.20 carats. 62 E. Oak St., 312-600-9224
2. Bovet’s newest AmadeoFleurier 39 Mille Fleurs watch ($79,000) is crafted in 18k white gold with a mother-of-pearl dial and a purple pansy miniature hand-painted on the dial. The case, lugs, indexes, and bow are all meticulously set with diamonds. Geneva Seal, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100
3. From Van Cleef & Arpels, this 18k white-gold Charms Extraordinaire Lotus watch ($73,000) is a superb blend of arts, with a case set with diamonds, blue sapphires, and Paraiba tourmalines and an exactingly hand-painted champlevé enamel flower dial with gemstone setting. 933 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-8988
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show (March 15–23) not only brings blossoming beauty, but also serves as a platform to educate and invigorate our winter-weary city. This year’s “Do Green, Do Good” theme presents the ultimate in the gardening, landscape, culinary, and design aspects of horticulture while aiming to dazzle Chicagoland with flowers that mark the coming of spring. With that in mind, the finest watch brands are bringing a little spring beauty into the lives of Chicago women with a revitalization of a centuries-old theme for timepieces: flowers.
Says Alberto Milani, CEO of Italian luxury brand Buccellati America, “Buccellati has always taken inspiration for its pieces from the beauty of nature, with a frequent use of flower and leaf motifs and shapes in its jeweled creations.”
Whereas brands like Buccellati offer floral-shaped watches, others, such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Bovet, create decorative masterpieces on the dial, such as lacquer or enamel paintings of exquisite flowers in bloom. These can involve a single artist working for hundreds of hours with a single-hair brush. Grand-feu (high heat fired) enamel watches require dozens of paint applications and firings before completion, with the risk of damage in the oven at every stage, making them rare and highly coveted pieces.